Bethlehem, PA (April 13, 2009) –World-renowned chef and restaurateur Chef Emeril Lagasse announced today plans to open his newest restaurant, Emeril’s Chop House, on Friday, May 22, 2009 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, a new casino and entertainment destination being developed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. The resort is a major redevelopment on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Emeril’s Chop House will be Lagasse’s first restaurant in the Northeast. Lagasse’s other venues at Las Vegas Sands properties, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and Table 10 at The Palazzo Las Vegas, have received critical acclaim for food and service, including top honors from Wine Spectator magazine.
In the casual and comfortable setting of an American steakhouse, the menu features prime dry-aged beef, fresh daily catch, a selection of regional and local ingredients including seasonal produce, artisan cheeses and dairy products, plus a few of Chef Emeril’s signature “New New Orleans” dishes. The à la carte menu of sides offers a fresh twist on old steakhouse standards, and Emeril’s team of chefs create all sauces and pastries from scratch each morning.
“We’re excited to open our first restaurant in the Northeast in a great city like Bethlehem, especially at this historic property that has always been a symbol of the city’s industry and culture,” says Emeril Lagasse. “I hope everyone who comes to experience our food and service will see this as a real neighborhood restaurant and a small step in the revitalization of this important site in the community.”
Designed by Floss Barber, Inc. of Philadelphia, Emeril’s Chop House reflects the timeless craftsmanship of American industry. The centerpiece is the chef’s food bar– an element found in many of Lagasse’s restaurants– and the perfect spot to watch the chef’s creativity at work. The bustling cocktail bar overlooks the casino floor and features an extensive list of wines, hand-crafted New Orleans cocktails and original creations mixed using local craft distilled spirits.
“We are honored that Chef Lagasse has chosen to open his first Northeast restaurant at our new casino and entertainment destination,” said Sands Bethlehem President Robert DeSalvio. “Sands Bethlehem will feature a variety of unique experiences that we believe will annually attract millions of visitors from across the region, and Emeril’s Chop House is sure to be a highlight for them.”
“With two sister restaurants inside the Sands’ world-class properties, we’re glad to expand on our partnership by bringing Emeril’s Chop House to Bethlehem,” says David McCelvey, Emeril’s Vice President of Culinary and Operations. “We’ve always been impressed with their beautiful resorts and the high standards of its operations team, and are looking forward to introducing Emeril’s signature cuisine and warm hospitality to this region.”
About Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of ten restaurants including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico); three in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, and Table 10); two in Orlando (Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop); one in Miami (Emeril’s Miami Beach), and one in Gulfport, Mississippi (Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House). He is a national TV personality, and has hosted over 1500 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. He is the host of Emeril Green, an original series exploring fresh and seasonal ingredients, which begins its second season on Discovery’s Planet Green on April 20. Lagasse is the best-selling author of twelve cookbooks. In September 2008, he announced a multi-year, 10-book project with HarperStudio, a new imprint of HarperCollins. His newest book, Emeril at the Grill debuts on April 28. In September 2002, he established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support and encourage programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children. Lagasse’s restaurant company, Emeril’s Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses restaurant operations, a culinary test kitchen for cookbook and recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the leading international developer of multi-use integrated resorts.
The Las Vegas, Nevada-based company owns and operates The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and The Venetian Macao Resort-Hotel and the Sands Macao in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Special Administrative Region of Macao. The company also owns the Four Seasons Hotel Macao and is constructing two additional integrated resorts: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem™ in Eastern Pennsylvania; and Marina Bay Sands™ in Singapore.
LVS is also creating the Cotai Strip®, a master-planned development of resort-casino properties in Macao. At completion, the Cotai Strip will feature approximately 21,000 rooms from world-renowned hotel brands such as St. Regis, Sheraton, Shangri-La, Traders, Hilton, Conrad, Fairmont, Raffles, Holiday Inn, and InterContinental.